Valley Aviation Society Meeting 2013 Speakers
Please find a list of probable speakers for the rest of the year's meetings to be held at Carreg Bran Hotel on the last Tuesday of each month. The meeting starts at 20:00. and finish about 22:00-22:30
How to get there - Map of the V-A-S social meeting location (Carreg Bran Hotel)
Please Note: As all of our Guest Speakers are operational they are subject to change at very short notice but we will endeavor as always to bring you an alternative.
January Saturday, 5th 2013 - V-A-S New Year Party.
January Tuesday 29th 2013 - Annual General Meeting (AGM), followed by a slide presentation covering the 2012 MCAS Miramar Air Show by Dick Thomas.
February Tuesday 26th 2013 - The VAS 2012 Photographic Competition results and winner trophy presentations, to include the Dolphin Trophy and concluding with the VAS Trophy.
March Tuesday 26th 2013 - Captain Kenneth King, RCAF CF-18 pilot.
April 30th Tuesday 2013 - The Rise and Demise of Fleet Air Arm Combat Jets.
May 28th Tuesday 2013 - Capt Patrick Duborgel, French Air Force.
June 15th Tuesday 2013 - VAS Midsummer Party at the Carreg Bran Hotel. Details to follow.
June 25th Tuesday 2013 - Conducted tour of Airworld Air Museum, Caernarfon Airport - Details to follow.
July 3rd Wednesday 2013 - VAS Enthusiasts Day. Details to follow.
July 25th Thursday 2013 - RAF Valley Families Day. Details to follow.
September 7th Saturday 2013 - RAF Leuchars Air Show Trip.
October 10th Thursday 2013 - Visit to RAF Lakenheath.
By kind permission of the Station Commander, Group Captain Adrian Hill, members of the Valley Aviation Society are invited to attend an 'Enthusiasts Day' at Royal Air Force Valley on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.
This invitation has been extended to allow members the unique opportunity to view operations closely as this busy station goes about its normal working day. RAF Valley and Valley Aviation Society are hopeful that it will also have some visiting aircraft and together are making contact with other UK and NATO bases to ask if RAF Valley could be considered in the daily deployment for aircraft on the 3rd July
This event is open to members and associates of Valley Aviation Society ONLY and you must reserve your place(s) before the closing date of Wednesday 19th June 2013.You will not be able to register after this date, as all applicants will need to be screened well in advance. 2013.
RAF VALLEY PRESS RELEASE
ROYAL AIR FORCE RISES ABOVE OLYMPIC TORCH
On Tuesday 29 May RAF Valley will help Anglesey celebrate it’s involvement in the 2012 Olympics. The torch will be spectacularly launched onto the Menai Straits from Beaumaris Lifeboat Station by the RNLI. Here it will be joined by the incredible Seaking Search and Rescue Helicopter from the RAF Valley based C Flight of 22 Squadron.
The torch, under RAF escort, will wind it’s way along this iconic and beautiful natural feature, arriving at the historic Menai Bridge by 0800. RAF Valley , University of Wales Air Squadron and Air Training Corps personnel and Veterans will be lining the route of the torch along the bridge – standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the closely-knit and proud Anglesey community. Having signed the Anglesey Armed Forces Community Covenant just last Thursday, this is just another example of how the base intend to make it count!
Group Captain Adrian Hill ADC RAF ‘We’re very proud to stand together today to welcome the Olympic Torch to Anglesey – it represents inspiration and hope, particularly to our young people on the Island.’
In final salute a Hawk TMk1 low-level flypast will swoop over the bridge as the torch crosses it – provided by the famous 208 Squadron also based at RAF Valley.
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photos © Crown copyright
VAS Member Involvement London 2012 Olympics
It is with great pleasure, we can announce that one of our long lasting member Mr Arthur Newnes was nominated to be one of the torch bearers for the London 2012 Olympics.
Mr Arthur Newnes has, by his own efforts, raised nearly £400,00.00 over the years for Hope Hospice and more recently Ty Gobaith. These children's hospices provide essential respite care for terminally ill children and their families in beautifully equipped premises funded almost entirely by the efforts of volunteers like Arthur.
Amongst his many achievements he has run seven marathons in seven days and walked all the way round Anglesey in three and a half days.
This year to celebrate his 80th birthday he aims to walk from LlanffairPG on Anglesey to Ty Gobaith in the Conwy Valley and in the process raise £100 for every year of his life. As he says; 'it is all for the children'.
Arthur is a quiet and unassuming gentleman who is tireless in his quest to help the children. Mr Newnes said the following in a resent interview
"i have actually banked just over £300.000 since 2005 but have been involved with fund-raising for 10 years. My birthday walk this year starts at Holyhead and goes to Ty Gobaith - as I have now completed the walk from LLanffair PG to Ty Gobaith previously."
The Valley Aviation Society have been long supporters of Mr Newnes (Ty Gobaith) over the years, by giving monies raised by the society from their annual Enthusiast Day that is held at RAF Valley each year. The total amount that it was handed over to Mr Newnes is over £32,000 to date.
Photo by Mr John Cave MBE. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image.
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